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President Trump’s lies

The definitive list.

Definitive for now, at least. Hard to keep track of them all.

All screenshots are taken directly from this page, which also contains the following observation:

The list above uses the conservative standard of demonstrably false statements. By that standard, Trump told a public lie on at least 20 of his first 40 days as president. But based on a broader standard — one that includes his many misleading statements (like exaggerating military spending in the Middle East) — Trump achieved something remarkable: He said something untrue, in public, every day for the first 40 days of his presidency. The streak didn’t end until March 1.

Enjoy your weekend.

(Stain) fightin’ words

I just noticed that our bottle of Clorox 2 in the laundry room advertises that it “removes odor-causing stains at the source.”

Now, by nature, I’m not a fighting man. But I’ll be damned if I let a Clorox 2 bottle threaten my baby like that.

A question for my Christian readers

I’ve been thinking, reading, and having a lot of discussion with friends lately about Christian theology. It’s been very interesting and eye-opening.

One thing I’ve found is that there’s considerable uncertainty and disagreement among Christians about the nature and purpose of Christ’s sacrifice. In particular, I’ve gotten two major responses to the question below, and both responses have come from multiple believers.

So I’m curious. If you’re a Christian, how would you answer the following question:

Was Christ’s sacrifice absolutely, fundamentally necessary for the salvation of mankind?

The two main responses:

  • Yes, there’s simply no other way that humanity could have been saved.
  • No — Christ’s sacrifice was important and central to salvation, but hypothetically, God could have saved humanity without it.

And of course there are many other possible answers, including: both/neither are somehow true, the question is flawed, I don’t know, it doesn’t matter, etc. But even if you think it doesn’t matter, I’d still be curious what you believe the answer is.

Let me know in the comments!

Can’t talk, must edit

Haven’t had much blogging time lately because of a big new copyediting project — another MIT Press book, actually, which is exciting.

Anyway here’s Evan:

RE: Stuff

Not far from where I live, there’s a store called Cigars N Stuff.

I love this name. It’s simultaneously so specific and so vague, so mundane and so ambitious. They’re saying that what might be in their store is the mathematical union of the sets {cigars} and {literally anything}. I can’t help being intrigued.

It’s like: “What’s in that store? Cigars and what else?”

“Not sure. Maybe Gouda cheese, or badminton rackets, or a lapis lazuli base-seven abacus. Possibly a Heisenberg compensator, or Season 3 of Avatar on Betamax, or a monopole, or Proxima Centauri, or the hedonic treadmill.”

“But definitely rolled-up tobacco?”

“Definitely that, yes.”


Achievement unlocked: Sitting up!

Favorite words (addendum)

I was recently asked what some of my favorite words are, and I gave a brief list that hit a few of the highlights. Ever since, more and more cool words are coming to me. So here’s an addendum with a bunch more favorites. (This, likewise, could easily be ten times as long, given more hours for contemplation.)

Originally I was planning to explain the meaning of every single one, and why I like it. But life is busy, so I’ll have to present the list unadorned, aside from a few links. Maybe I’ll circle back to some of these in the future.


  • ambergris
  • anathema
  • anserine
  • apophenia
  • armada
  • ataraxia
  • bergschrund
  • betwixt
  • cachalot
  • callipygian
  • chanticleer
  • chaoskampf
  • chthonic
  • cloaca
  • contrapositive
  • desultory
  • deuterocanonical
  • diadem
  • ersatz
  • exegesis
  • firmament
  • fusillade
  • fussbudget
  • genuflect
  • gnosis
  • gubernatorial
  • heretofore
  • ineluctable
  • insipid
  • lapidary
  • lieu
  • nocebo
  • numinous
  • O
  • orrery
  • pariah
  • penultimate
  • peripatetic
  • quark
  • quaternary
  • quicksilver
  • seraphim
  • schlub
  • sidereal
  • skullduggery
  • sunder
  • syzygy
  • tardigrade
  • vindicate
  • widdershins